So I'm 30 something and have worked with my current employer as an IT systems analyst/programmer for about 10 years. The manager job has been open for a few months, after the previous boss left. Everyone in the small group that I'm in has applied (except me) but none of them were offered the job.
A manager from a non-IT department has applied and has been talking like he is getting the job. He has a degree in CIS.....the problem is that he tried getting me to do his school work (i.e. programming projects) a few years back when he was taking college courses. He said at the time "I just want to manage, I don't care to learn how to do any of the work". So basically this guy has no IT work experience and he wants to take over the IT department.
I'm think I'm qualified for the job but aware of the pitfalls of IT management (being pressured by those above/below, longer hours, going to a lot more meetings, having to be on call more often, etc). OTOH I don't really think I want to work for this guy. He's not a bad guy, we get along, but his comments and his trying to get me to do his school work for him left a bad taste in my mouth. Also his staff doesn't seem like a very happy group. The work environment could very well take a turn for the worse.
Since it doesn't look like they are going to hire any of the others in our group who applied, I think it's either I apply or this guy gets the job. What would you guys do in this situation?